Working with Freedom 4/24, and their ministry partner on the ground in India, Freedom Firm, team members on the Brentwood India Trip help facilitate a wilderness camp experience for girls rescued from sex-trafficked backgrounds. The purpose of the Wilderness Camp is for the girls to build trust, create an awareness of nature, and to develop healthy relationships.
This is an all-female, 21+ years and older trip. Wilderness Camps are physically demanding. Team members must be in good physical condition and health. Activities may include a great amount of walking and hiking, navigation on steep slopes and slippery rocks, rock climbing, swimming, and kayaking. Temperatures in India during this time of year often exceed 100 degrees. Because of the nature of the trip (working with trafficking survivors), interviews of all applicants are required.
About Our Partner
Freedom 4/24 began as the audacious dream of a 19-year- old college student to make a difference in the lives of sexually exploited girls in the red light areas of Bangkok, Thailand. Since then, Freedom 4/24 has grown into a global effort to bringing freedom and doing justice for trafficked and exploited women and children. Today, our mission is to bring freedom and justice to victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking through raising awareness and providing financial support for front-line organizations working to end these forms of modern day slavery.
It took me traveling 8,000 miles across the world to India to encounter true, Godly joy. I spent a week with a group of 21 girls, who had experienced unimaginable horrors while trapped in human sex trafficking. I expected to meet sad, broken girls, but instead I spent my days with the most joyful people I had ever met. Every day, I had to remind myself of the trauma they experienced. One girl in my group who always had the biggest smile on her face went a year without seeing the light of day while she was locked in a brothel. Another girl has no memories of her life before the sex trade, but is always the first to laugh at a joke. What I learned that week, as I heard these girl’s stories and witnessed their actions, is that joy is a choice. Joy comes from choosing to focus on God in confidence that he is in control. Those girls couldn’t control what happened to them, but they can control how they react to it. They are choosing joy in spite of their pasts. So, I will follow their example and choose joy by focusing on the goodness and promises of God and not the worries and struggles of the world.
It took me traveling 8,000 miles across the world to India to encounter true, Godly joy.